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Protesting T&TEC workers say Public Utilities Minister’s comments are disrespectful.

Protesting T&TEC workers say Public Utilities Minister’s comments are disrespectful.

If the Minister does not get in line then we are getting ready to rumble.

Ancil Roget

President General of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union Ancil Roget

This is the promise of President General of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union Movement Ancil Roget. T&TEC workers protested in front of the Ministry of Public Utilities on Tragerite Road this morning.

He stated that recent comments made by the Minister of Public Utilities Ancil Antoine, was disrespectful to workers and as such action needed to be taken to ensure that he understood the seriousness of his actions.

Recently workers of The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission engaged in protest action in an effort to bring awareness to issues affecting them.

Branch President of T&TEC Arima, Hugh Springer said workers were not to be blamed for the backlog of work on the field and jobs not completed. Springer said the Commission has fallen short of material which is needed to fulfill the level of jobs across the country.

In response the Public Utilities Minister stated that the claims were untrue. He further claimed that the issue was one of productivity and efficiency.

Speaking to the media this morning, the OWTU President condemned the Minister’s statements.

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He said that the minister needed to get in line with what is provided for the workers in their collective agreement then action will be taken.

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Roget also sought to clarify the issues of the workers.

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